The Enneagram “Wings”


According to our observations and Enneagram theory, our basic Enneagram personality type, is further influenced by one of the types on either side of the basic type. This is what is referred to as the “wing” type.

Mostly, we will have a tendency to only one wing, but some people observe they have a balance between two.

The degree to which the wing is manifest, can considerably alter  observable attitudes and behaviours of the basic type . As an example, a type Six with a Seven wing, will tend to be more gregarious  say, than a type Six with a Five wing. Both will have core elements of the type Six attitudes and behaviours, but the wing type will also be observable and motivate the ways a person approaches problems and deals with life and relationships.

It is probably easier to consider the Basic Type and the Wing as a “bandwidth” which can be more or less prevalent. (fig 11)

The following are useful labels to help us make this distinction.

Riso-Hudson Enneagram Wing Personality Styles

Riso-Hudson Wing Types


One with a Nine Wing; The Idealist
One with a Two Wing; The Advocate

Two with a One Wing; The Servant
Two with a Three Wing; The Host/Hostess

Three with a Two Wing; The Charmer
Three with a Four Wing; The Professional

Four with a Three Wing; The Aristocrat
Four with a Five Wing; The Bohemian

Five with a Four Wing; The Iconoclast
Five with a Six Wing; The Problem-Solver

Six with a Five Wing; The Defender
Six with a Seven Wing; The Buddy

Seven with a Six Wing; The Entertainer
Seven with an Eight Wing; The Realist

Eight with a Seven Wing; The Independent
Eight with a Nine Wing; The Bear

Nine with an Eight Wing; The Referee
Nine with a One Wing; The Dreamer

Reference: Page 69, Wisdom of the Enneagram, Riso-Hudson

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